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Logistics UK creates new panel to tackle Covid-19 disruption

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Nearly 11% of transport companies are still reporting severe or extreme disruption to overall freight volumes, according to a new Logistics UK performance tracker.

In response to the pandemic, the organisation has created its Logistics Industry Panel to identify where support is needed most for businesses across the industry as coronavirus restrictions ease.

The panel comprises a significant group of businesses of all sizes dedicated to providing feedback on their operations to help inform the organisation’s discussions with government.

Elizabeth de Jong, director of policy at Logistics UK, said: “While the future shape of the economy and the ongoing economic impact of Covid-19 is still unclear, it is critical that Logistics UK ensures government understands the effect of its policies and the support businesses require.

“Our Logistics Performance Tracker provides an evidence-based, quantitative insight into how logistics businesses continue to be affected by the pandemic and signposts where government support is most needed. The Panel provides a unique insight into the challenges faced by our industry.”

While nearly 11% of its members are still reporting severe or extreme disruption to overall freight volumes, Logistics UK’s August survey found the whole level of disruption across the industry has fallen significantly from May 2020.

More than one-third of respondents stated an extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to 2021is needed to enable their company to continue or resume trading effectively.

Around half would seek relief to business rates or VAT/NI/Corporation rate tax payments deferred.

Logistics UK is inviting members to join the panel, where – in exchange for sharing feedback on their operations – they will be part of a group given access to detailed survey report findings.

Organisations can find out more by visiting www.logistics.org.uk/lpt



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